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October 2015 Blog Posts (53)

The Servant Leader

"It is amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

I recently listened to a podcast interview with man who I consider to be a fire service hero. I refer to him as such because he has been at the forefront of leadership, travels both nationally and internationally championing the cause of the firefighting, and serves as the head of multiple organizations that disseminate fire service information to the masses. Upon concluding the…

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Added by Jonathan Brumley on October 23, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Firefighter Nutrition: 3 Quick & Easy Tips when there’s no Time to Cook

Firefighter Nutrition:

3 Quick & Easy Tips when there’s no Time to Cook

Let’s face it; as firefighters, you don’t have loads of time to spend on meal prep. Yet, there aren’t many jobs that have higher energy demands than firefighting,…

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Added by The First Twenty on October 21, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Thank you to the Brotherhood

I want to take this time to personnally thank the fire service brotherhood. It is amazing how many phone calls, emails, text messages, facebook messages and comments that I received during our recent flooding disaster and firefighter death. It was so amazing what these messages did for the Horry County fire rescue Department and me personnally. The friendship, compasion and support shown is greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten.



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Added by Douglas K. Cline on October 20, 2015 at 7:54pm — No Comments

The Dynamics of Leadership: Putting the Organization First

As I reflect back over the years in my career there is one lesson I remember that resinates from my mentors, “If you put the organization first, then your wants and ambitions will soon follow. But it is always about the orgainization first, your suborindates second and you are last.” Well I have to often think just how previlant is this in fire service mentality …especialy the leaders. This mentality is reenforced everytime we hear the “what is in it for me” comments.



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Added by Douglas K. Cline on October 20, 2015 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Behavior Modification and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

One of the items that we discuss in the Training Officer’s Desk Reference is Mentoring and Influence. Regardless of what rank you hold, each of us has the ability to mentor. As Lt. General Hal Moore (Mel Gibson) stated in the movie We Were Soldiers, “learn the job above you and teach your job to those below you…” When you begin to understand how your influence affects those…

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Added by Brian Ward "FireServiceSLT" on October 20, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

MFA #14: That Won’t Work Here - And other lame excuses

The “C” in SLICE-RS, representing the tactic of “Cooling from a safe location”, seems to remain the primary stumbling block for many current firefighters when presented with this practical application of the fire dynamics research findings.  Every other step in this “new” strategy, from Size-Up to Salvage, was already standard practice for most of us, with much of the innovation being how they were emphasized (see MFA #11:SLICE-RS and Flow Paths and Change, Oh My! at…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on October 20, 2015 at 6:24am — No Comments

Proactive Ladder Usage- Part One

Regardless of which side you fall on in the debate of truckie vs. engine firefighter, it should be noted that both may have a fire ground responsibility to throw ladders. This does not seem to be widely put into practice, however. Especially for those arriving on an engine, the tunnel vision of only stretching hose lines must be overcome. Ground ladder usage cannot die on the chalkboard.

Aggressive…

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Added by Jonathan Brumley on October 19, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Are you a Firehouse Politician???



 In the present time, it is hard to ignore the national politics as we gear up for 2016 presidential elections. The republican and democratic parties are waging an all-out media assault, while trying to persuade the American people that their candidate is best for the position. The beginning of the mudslinging campaigns have started, and opinions of what will become of America are at an all-time high. Can this be related to the fire station life? I mean,…

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Added by Justin Arnold on October 19, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

ARE YOU SHEEPLE?

So, there you are browsing your favorite cat videos and fellow firefighters on Facebook (or, insert your preferred social media site here) when you come across an article or cell phone video where another fire department has had a call go terribly wrong. Cool, you say, as you watch in anticipation for that telling moment when you can judge without knowing all the…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 19, 2015 at 4:21pm — 2 Comments

Harvest season means fire season in many communities

Harvest season has been in full swing across much of the Corn Belt for several weeks. And with this surge of activity, typically comes an increase in the number of fires we see in harvesting equipment and grain handling facilities. This year has been no exception. In the past few weeks, many fires relating to harvest operations have been reported in these farming communities.

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In Iowa last week, firefighters responded to a fire in a tower grain dryer, and high…

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Added by Ben Peetz on October 18, 2015 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Comfortable?

The Sunday Preach

Are you comfortable?

"...without a working SCBA, you are nothing more than a civilian in a fireman costume." 

As simple as it sounds, we need air to breathe. The SCBA is THE TOOL that allows us to perform inside the IDLH. It allows us to make that push down the hallway, make the search in the back bedroom. It is our LIFE...

"You must be intimately familiar with your departments brand of SCBA. You must study how it…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on October 18, 2015 at 10:28am — No Comments

The Rookie Mentality

At some point, all of us walked into the fire station for the first time as a firefighter.  For most, this was a nerve-filled, highly anticipated moment when they finally saw some pretty big dreams come true. From that first moment we stepped through the door, we all had to gauge what it was going to take to impress the others, and find out what our role was going to be. The vast majority of firefighters would tell you that they did whatever it took to break through to the other side; the…

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Added by Jonathan Brumley on October 16, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatalities: OH

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 69th Line Of Duty Deaths for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Charles "Chuck" Horning has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Townsend Township Fire Department.



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Added by Brad Hoff on October 16, 2015 at 1:33pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatalities: TN

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 68th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Antonio Smith has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Memphis Fire Department.





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Added by Brad Hoff on October 16, 2015 at 1:23pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatalities: MO

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 66th & 67th Line Of Duty Deaths for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Apparatus Operator Larry J. Leggio and Firefighter John V. Mesh have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest sympathies and deepest condolences go out to their families, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Kansas City Fire Department.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on October 16, 2015 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Cop with a law degree running the Fire Service

The Mayor of Detroit has appointed a former police officer with a law degree and Director of the City’s Building Department as the fire commissioner after the retirement of Commissioner Edsel Jenkins. Let me say right off the bat, I have nothing against cops or lawyers or building officials as some of my best friends possess some or all of those qualifications. 

Mayor Dugan stated in his nomination presentation that,…

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Added by John K. Murphy on October 15, 2015 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

10 Ways to Achieve Better Work-Life Balance

10 Ways to Achieve Better Work-Life Balance

 

            It seems the only way to get ahead in our profession these days is to get behind at home. I find that I am guilty of living my life in the hamster wheel of “business as usual.” Many articles and books have and are being written about finding a healthy work/life balance. It is a widespread problem that continues to elude people, especially those of us…

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Added by The First Twenty on October 14, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Promoting Your Fire Department on a Zero Budget

Promoting Your Fire Department on a Zero Budget

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

            If your fire department is like mine, the budget is most likely tight. For the last decade or so, we are all trying to do far more with less funding.  Money for extra”…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on October 14, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

MFA #13: Common Goals - Different Paths

Periodically, the fire service blogosphere will feature a rant from one of us about such topics as the need to keep rescue as our primary function, face risks bravely, and/or generally uphold the traditional values of our calling.  These essays are usually wide-ranging, passionate, and very popular.  I also typically find myself agreeing with much of the sentiments that the writers are conveying, as I suspect most other readers do, even those messages that begin with some version of the…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on October 14, 2015 at 10:03am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS: What Does Vacant Mean?

 

What Does Vacant Mean?

by David Rhodes…

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Added by David Rhodes on October 14, 2015 at 9:55am — No Comments

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